Contact: Katara Williams
SU System Director of Media Relations
Date: September 12, 2011
SU Board Member named Vice President of SCLC
Southern University System Board
Member, Atty. Randal L. Gaines, has been named as acting vice president of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the SCLC
is a national organization committed to nonviolent action in order to achieve
social, economic, and political justice.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was established in 1957 having
a goal of redeeming "the soul of America" through nonviolent resistance. The
organization worked to coordinate the action of local protest groups throughout
the South. Under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., the SCLC drew on
the power and independence of black churches to support its activities.
Prominent members of the SCLC
include the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who served as president and
chaired the organization until his assassination in 1968, the Rev. Jesse
Jackson, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Joseph Lowery. The SCLC has chapters and
affiliates located throughout the United States.
Gaines maintains a private law
practice in LaPlace, LA, and has worked as a tax attorney for the Internal
Revenue Service, an assistant city attorney for the city of New Orleans, and as
an associate professor and director of the Criminal Justice Department at
Gaines served three years in the Army and 25 years in the Louisiana National
Guard, receiving awards for his service during Operation Desert Storm and
Hurricane Katrina. Gaines is a graduate of Lutcher High School and earned a bachelor's
degree in sociology from Southern University as well as a juris doctorate from
the Southern University Law Center. Appointed by Governor Jindal in 2009,
Gaines is currently serving a six-year term as a member of the Southern Board.